On 1 March 2019 Arne Dehn took over from Christof Zollitsch as chairman of the board of STEMMER IMAGING. In this interview he outlines his goals and visions for the future.
STEMMER IMAGING is one of the best-known names worldwide in the machine vision industry. What particularly excites you about your new task?
Arne Dehn: STEMMER IMAGING is indeed one of the biggest names in the industry. The company has played a decisive role in shaping machine vision as we know it today. As a technology supplier, STEMMER IMAGING bundles technical innovation with high service expertise and is thus a competent consulting service provider for its customers. The task of further developing this company in order to continue serving its customers with precisely the right solution to their problems excites me very much.
Do you already have experience in the field of machine vision that you can utilise in your new position?
Arne Dehn: Yes, I’ve concerned myself for years with machine vision and I regard it as one of the most exciting fields of technology. At the same time, I have clearly recognised that machine vision components always have to be regarded as part of an overall solution – and that has to be precisely tailored to the application that the customer needs. I also have experience in other fields of technology such as safety and communication technology, where I have encountered such exciting topics as embedded and artificial intelligence.
What goals have you and STEMMER IMAGING set for the short, mid and long term?
Arne Dehn: As a cross-section technology in the field of Industrial IoT (IIOT) we are moving in one of the most exciting industries that exists at the present time. At the same time the fields of application are becoming increasingly varied. On account of its setup in the region and the industry, STEMMER IMAGING is also in an outstanding position to be able to use these business opportunities in the short, mid and long term. With our stock market launch we have given ourselves the opportunity to grow at an above-average rate both organically and with the aid of acquisitions. And we will take that opportunity!
STEMMER IMAGING has developed better than average in the past years. Where do you see big optimisation potential?
Arne Dehn: Yes, STEMMER IMAGING has set a great precedent with an average growth of 12% p.a. over the last 20 years. We want to develop further so that our customers get precisely the service from us that they need. Apart from providing the leading technological portfolio and the most competent consulting service, we are also required to offer an optimum customer experience at all times. In addition to technology and service, changing customer expectations is also how we make it possible to experience these services, for example when someone is conversing with us. If we manage all three areas well, then above-average growth and increasing added value are the logical consequences.
In Wilhelm Stemmer und Christof Zollitsch, two long-standing and successful leaders have left the company within a relatively short time. What challenges arise out of this for STEMMER IMAGING and for you personally?
Arne Dehn: At this point I should like to congratulate Mr Stemmer and Mr Zollitsch on their life’s work. They managed to build up a team of employees and thus a business that enjoys great international recognition. Apart from business success, a special solidarity and enjoyment of togetherness counts here. That needs to be retained and continually promoted. I wouldn’t call that a challenge, but rather a valuable commodity that we want to keep.
What effects will the change at the top mean for customers, suppliers and partners of STEMMER IMAGING?
Arne Dehn: In future we will continue to concentrate on our strengths and thus, together with all our employees, to live out our claim to be the best partner where machine vision is concerned. That’s exactly what our motto “Vision Right Now” expresses.